April, 2010

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    How to Enable Your Users to Search Your Server Applications

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    Windows 7 introduces support for search federation to remote data stores using OpenSearch technologies that enable users to access and interact with their remote data from within Windows Explorer – this is called Federated Search. This Video shows how to build a Web-based data source that can be searched using Windows federated search. By following the best practices described in this video, you can enable the rich integration of your remote data sources with Windows Explorer without having to write...
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    Marketron Leads Radio Industry with Windows 7, BI

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    Marketron works with about 80% of the radio stations tracking, placement, and payment of radio ads. Marketron’s developers are adding business intelligence features using SQL Server 2008 R2 and user interface improvement using Windows 7 . Marketron Broadcast Solutions is a compilation of the most successful software products ever developed for the media industry. More than 7,000 stations depend on Marketron for the support, service and development of their critical operating software. Marketron solutions...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Named a Leader in Customer Service Contact Centers 2010 Magic Quadrant

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM has been positioned as a leader in the "2010 Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Service Contact Centers," issued by Gartner, a leading independent technology research firm. See the details here . About the Gartner Magic Quadrant: The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure...
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    See How to Tell Your Story in RIA Design Tool

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    MSDEV offers a series of videos for designers and developers on using Expression Blend to tell your ISV and line-of-business stories. These 15-minute videos show how you can build interactive animations, manage content and storyboards, Microsoft Expression Blend: States Story Behaviors . Learn to use states and behaviors to manage the content and storyboards of a simple website using Expression Blend. Learn to add another level of interaction with a simple color changer. Microsoft Expression Blend...
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    Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 & Project 2010 RTM Caping a Great Week!

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    What a week it has been here at Microsoft! We began the week announcing the RTM of Visual Studio 2010, then yesterday we announced that Silverlight 4 had been released to the web (RTW) and now we are pleased to announce that Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 & Project 2010 have all been released to manufacturing (RTM). The Office products will be available to businesses on May 12th and we will have a virtual launch on that day, please join us for that event by registering here: http...
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    See How to Get Started Using MSDN Azure Benefits

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    Here's three short and useful videos about signing up for Windows Azure as an MSDN Premium subscriber. Part 1: What you get for Windows Azure development with your MSDN benefits How to sign up for Windows Azure using MSDN benefits Tips on using your MSDN Windows Azure account frugally and training resources, etc. Sign up for an account at http://bit.ly/GetAzureAccount For more information about your benefits offered through MSDN for Windows Azure development, see Windows Azure Platform Benefits for...
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    Empower Program for ISVs Transitions in May

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    The main offering for ISVs starting out on Microsoft technologies is changing on May 21. The Empower for ISVs program will be replaced by Microsoft Action Pack Development and Design subscription . The new offering provides internal-use, full versions of the latest software releases, key development and testing tools, development guidance, and broad market visibility. If you are nearing the end of your first subscription period for Empower program, you may renew as early as 90 days before your expiration...
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    Silverlight 4 is Now Available

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    You can get Silverlight 4 now online at Get Microsoft Silverlight . Tim Heuer has put together a blog post that describes the tools that are available, See Silverlight 4 released. Availability of tools announcement on Tim Heuer’s blog. Here’s some helpful quick update information for you: Download the bits Understanding what is in the bits RIA Services Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools VS2008 and VS2010 on same machine Other resources Also see Business-Ready Silverlight 4 Ships April 15 . Get Started...
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    PHP Developers Get SDK for SQL Server Reporting Services

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    A new software developer kit (SDK) helps PHP developers work get new business intelligence capabilities with a free SQL Server Reporting Services SDK for PHP . The SDK works all editions of SQL Server including the free SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services edition, featuring the SQL Server 2008 database and graphical administration tools and Reporting Services server components. And it works with The library is designed to make simple for developers to call the SSRS remote APIs to perform...
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    How to Migrate Your .NET 3.5 App to .NET 4

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    Your .NET Framework 3.5 installs side-by-side with .NET Framework 4 . So your application will work as expected when your customer installs .NET 4. But when you take your current code from .NET 3.5 and recompile it and target your application for .NET 4 in Visual Studio 2010 , you may find some breaking changes. Migration issues between the .NET Framework version 3.5 Service Pack 1 and the .NET Framework version 4, including fixes, changes for standards compliance and security, and changes based...
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    Surface Meets Windows 7 with New Toolkit for Windows Touch

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    You can now create advanced multitouch applications for Windows Touch PCs with a new toolkit from the Microsoft Surface team. Microsoft released the Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Beta for you to use some of the same controls that are used by developers on Microsoft Surface onto Windows 7 . See Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch on Channel 9 . About the Surface Toolkit for Windows The Microsoft Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch Beta is a set of controls, APIs, templates, sample applications...
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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Benchmark: 100K Concurrent Users with Hyper-V

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    Recently we conducted a new benchmark test involving 100,000 concurrent users. Benchmark testing was performed on a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 implementation that included Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2, two Dell PowerEdge servers running Intel® Xeon® Processors 7500 Series-based with storage managed by a Dell PowerVault™ MD1220 with solid state drives. Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s multi-tenant capabilities were employed to create five organizations running...
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    VIDIZMO Scales Videos, Learning Software With Windows Azure

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    VIDIZMO delivers live broadcasts for training, learning, knowledge compliance, workforce development and corporate communication at scale using Windows Azure . In a video on Channel 9 , my colleague Ashish Jamiman talks to Nadeem Khan, Vidizmo’s president about how and why Vidizmo selected Windows Azure. See Vidizmo - Nadeem Khan, President, Vidizmo talks about technology, roadmap and Microsoft partnership . Using Azure helps Vidizmo scale content delivery including video, PowerPoint presentations...
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    Dynamics CRM “5” CTP3 Online Account for Metro ISVs

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    Today I got my access to Dynamics CRM “5” CTP3 Online account. I can’t tell you much yet, but you will be pleasantly surprised once you will get access. If you are already in Metro (Early Adopter Program for CRM “5”), then you can request your access via Microsoft Connect site . This is yet another benefit in addition to upcoming Deep-Dive Training Events . If you need access to Metro, please request your Microsoft contact. Sanjay Jain ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation Blog...
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    Great Whitepaper on Hosting Environments in SharePoint 2010

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    Today we released a great whitepaper that goes through common hosting environments and the architecture behind them with respect to SharePoint 2010. You can get the paper at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=326845d1-95db-4e55-b65a-218509debe24
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    Business-Ready Silverlight 4 Ships April 15

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    Silverlight 4 ships April 15. Silverlight 4 is “Business Ready” with the features ISVs need to build rich Internet applications. Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating rich media applications and business applications for the Web, desktop, and phone. Based on the Microsoft .NET framework, the free Silverlight plug-in works across multiple browsers, devices and operating systems to bring new interactivity to the Web. With extensive layout and styling options, powerful communication...
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    Cool Office Tools Now Available

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    Today we released two new tools to help users transition from Office 2003 to Office 2010. These new Silverlight based tools for Word and Excel can be found at http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/training/learn-where-menu-and-toolbar-commands-are-in-office-2010-HA101794130.aspx#_Toc256784678 with more coming for the other Office apps soon. Office 2007 users can find similar tools at: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/training/HA102295841033.aspx All a user needs to do is click the menu option...
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    Windows Azure Expands to 41 Countries

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    Microsoft Windows Azure platform, including Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and Windows Azure platform AppFabric will be generally available in an additional 20 countries, making our flexible cloud services platform available to a global customer base and partner ecosystem across 41 countries. See details on the Windows Azure Team Blog at Windows Azure Platform Expands Global Availability to 41 Countries . Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation
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    Windows Phone Dev Tools CTP To Get Update for VS 2010 RTM

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    Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP (WPDT CTP) released last month is not compatible with the retail (RTM) release of Visual Studio 2010   according to a blog post by the Windows Phone Developer Blog, Visual Studio 2010 RTM and the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP . If you install the retail (RTM) release of Visual Studio 2010 on the same machine on which you already have the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP, you will be unable to build your Windows Phone projects. Charlie Kindel explains, ...
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    Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 Launches

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    Visual Studio 2010 launched today. You can get the new version in your MSDN subscription. Download from: MSDN Subscriber Downloads Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) Download test drive editions Visual Studio is available in four versions: Professional Premium Ultimate Test Professional. Versions include subscriptions to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) as part of the price. Compare Visual Studio editions Visual Studio 2010 is the developer tool...
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    Whirlwind Screencasts Highlight New Features in C# 4

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    Stuart Celarier and I continue the set of screencasts on Channel 9 about new language features in C#. It's a Whirlwind Tour of the important language features of C# 4 . Stuart describes each major feature and why it is useful. But he doesn't get into best practices nor suggested usages. Just the facts about each feature. Whirlwinds are bite-sized webcasts, generally shorter than 15 minutes. You can start anywhere in the series to learn about the parts you're most interested in. What's new in...
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    White Paper Shows How to Implement Windows 7 Taskbar in .NET

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    You can implement features in Windows 7 by using .NET 4 by following a whitepaper published on MSDEV . My colleague, Jason De Lorme of the US ISV team, has posted a sample project and white paper that shows you the steps to implement key light up features in Windows 7. The sample project gives you the code for a straight-forward application that uses jump lists, progress bars, icon overlays, thumbnail previews, and more. A white paper provides a detailed code walkthrough on what you need to know...
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    p&p Provides Application Architecture Guide Layer Diagrams

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    patterns & practices has released Application Architecture Guide Layer Diagrams for Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Edition. The diagrams includes custom toolbox items for Layer Diagrams and Layer diagrams from Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2nd Edition. This extension package contains five layer diagrams for use in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate edition. These custom toolbox items present the layer diagrams as shown in Microsoft Application Architecture Guide 2nd Edition from patterns &...
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    MSDEV Offers PHP on Windows Azure Quick Start Guide

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    MSDEV presents a Quick Start Guide for PHP developers for Windows Azure. The purpose of this Quickstart Guide is to show PHP developers how to work with Windows Azure. It shows how to develop and test PHP code on a local development machine, and then how to deploy that code to Windows Azure . This material is intended for developers who are already using PHP with an IDE such as Eclipse, so it doesn't cover PHP syntax or details of working with Eclipse. Experienced PHP programmers will see that...
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    Download Visual Studio 2010 Keybinding Cards

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    Microsoft today released reference cards for the default keybindings in Visual Studio 2010 for Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++ and Visual F#. Download , print and use to master the default keybindings of your favorite programming language in Visual Studio 2010.   Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation   Thanks to microsoftfeed.com
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